Common Core Standards Initiative – Text Exemplars (Grades 11–CCR)
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales.
de Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado.”
Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment.
Jewett, Sarah Orne. “A White Heron.”
Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor.
Chekhov, Anton. “Home.”
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying.
Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms.
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Garden of Forking Paths.”
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye
Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Tartuffe
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilder, Thornton. Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun
Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s Horseman: A Play
Li Po. “A Poem of Changgan.”
Donne, John. “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.”
Wheatley, Phyllis. “On Being Brought From Africa to America.”
Keats, John. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself.”
Dickinson, Emily. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.”
Tagore, Rabindranath. “Song VII.”
Eliot, T. S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Pound, Ezra. “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter.”
Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall.”
Neruda, Pablo. “Ode to My Suit.”
Bishop, Elizabeth. “Sestina.”
Ortiz Cofer, Judith. “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica.”
Dove, Rita. “Demeter’s Prayer to Hades.”
Collins, Billy. “Man Listening to Disc.”
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